Common Sense

Version: Unabridged
Author: Thomas Paine
Narrator: George Vafiadis
Genres: Public Policy
Publisher: Classic Collection
Published In: August 2014
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 2 hours, 41 minutes
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First published in January of 1776, "Common Sense" fanned the flames of independence already sparking among the thirteen colonies. George Washington found the pamphlet so important that he had it read aloud to his troops. He later commented, "I find that 'Common Sense' is working a powerful change in the minds of many men." Highly influential, this landmark persuasive document which Paine wrote to incite the colonists to action is as relevant today as when it was first printed.

Author Details

Author Details

Paine, Thomas

Paine was born in Norfolk, England, on January 29, 1737. He received a basic education in history, mathematics, and science, but left school at age 13 to apprentice in his father's corsetmaking shop. In 1757, he spent time at sea aboard the privateer ship King of Prussia, and later found employment as a journeyman staymaker in London. All the while, Paine continued to study on his own, influenced by the work of two leading figures of the Enlightenment, Isaac Newton and John Locke. He began writing political pamphlets, and at the urging of Benjamin Franklin, emigrated to Philadelphia in 1774 to